The countdown to the clock is running out and if your stash of cash has too, we’ve compiled a list of the top places to ring in the new year for under AED 300. Watch the video, scroll on and party hard!
Words: Reem Makari
Movie night with Bay
Head out to Business Bay’s Bay Square to celebrate the New Year with everything from jazz shows to stiltwalkers and a special screening of the feel-good movie New Year’s Eve. Catch a bus or grab a taxi from Business Bay Metro Station.
Free. Bay Square. 2pm onwards. Visit the Facebook event for more info.
What better way to ring in the new year than by dancing as the clock countdowns? Party central Societe in Dubai Marina is seeing in 2018 with four hours of unlimited beverages. Don’t miss out on the chance to jump, shimmy, laugh, and act crazy for the last night of the year.
AED 200. Societe, Byblos Marina. 10pm-2am. For tickets and reservations, call 052 528 4793
Take it back to the old school at TRYP by Wyndham Dubai. The Retro Rewind party spans three of the neighbourhood hotel’s venues, all charging AED 299 each. That’ll get you platters of food and free-flowing beverages – all you need to do is choose from at living the high life at Local Lounge, Spanish-influenced festival vibes at L!QD Tapas Bar or house party-style bangers at BARBARY Deli + Cocktail Club.
AED 299. TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights. 8pm-3am. To book, call 052 528 4793.
Feast and Fireworks
See the year off with a bang at Dubai Festival City Mall’s spectacular celebration of the New Year. There’ll be four free shows across the evening, as well as breathtaking fire and water show Imagine. The prime viewing spot has to at the top of this new Ferris wheel – tickets for that are AED 40 for adults and AED 25 for kids.
Dubai Festival City Mall shows are at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and a grand finale at midnight to welcome 2018! Entertainment starts at 7pm.
Dance your way into 2018 with the sounds of DJ Klingande. The French disc spinner will bring uplifting house to hip new venue Soho Garden, where four bars serve a variety of beverages and the international menu is inspired by Mediterranean dishes.
Free entry. Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse Grandstand. 7pm onwards. firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk the walk
Take a stroll through City Walk, where the street art and London-inspired backdrops make for some majorly Instagram-worthy shots. Peckish? Dive into one of the many sidewalk cafés and restaurants. Some have set menus, but other, like The Brass Coffee Community, will happily serve coffee and cakes that cost less than AED 100.
Free entry. City Walk, Al Wasl and Al Safa Road. 8am-1am. citywalk.ae
On the road to RAK
End 2017 with a road trip to the gorgeous Al Marjan Island in RAK to see dance music duo Hollaphonic and what could be a world record-breaking display of fireworks. Wear white for a free beverage!
8pm-3am on 31st December, tickets from AED 100 at www.raknye.com
On a roll
Dive into all-you-can-eat sliders and limited edition sushi at the award-winning 3 Fils in Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. The waterside eatery declares Sushi Attack from noon-7pm, with specially created ‘Dragon’ and ‘Godzilla in Dubai’ rolls. Chopsticks, ready!
AED 150. 3 Fils, 7a Street, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour. Noon till 7pm. www.3fils.com
No other than Diana Haddad, one of the Arab world’s biggest pop stars, holds a free performance to wave off 2017. The singer and television personality will countdown to the clock with the audience at City Walk then continue with her biggest hits.
Free entry. City Walk, in front of Hub Zero. 10.30pm onwards.
British comedian Jason Manford headlines The Laughter Factory’s end-of-year gig at Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, followed by a disco with DJ Gail.
Doors open at 7.30pm and regular seating is AED 250. Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights. thelaughterfactory.com
Get lit for less
Jebel Ali Recreation Club, one of Dubai’s oldest venues, certainly knows how to throw a party. All the restaurants at the club have special NYE packages – AED 201.8 will get you unlimited soft drinks and a three-course set menu at C House Milano, or browse the buffet with free-flowing beverages in hand at Seafood Kitchen. A vibrant pop band will keep guests entertained with lively beats from 8pm to 10pm, followed by a DJ set.
Jebel Ali Recreation Club. 8pm-2am. Facebook.com/JebelAliClub
Rock into the countdown for New Year’s with resident band Gorgeous George at the Lock, Stock & Barrel in Barsha Heights. The show is free and bar packages start from AED 299.
Free entry, bar package from AED 299. Lock, Stock & Barrel, 8th Floor, Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai. 04 514 9195, email@example.com
A hassle-free NYE is promised at friendly British bar Senara. The à la carte option comes with three-hour drinks packages that start from AED 200 for soft drinks, to AED 300 for house beverages (bubbly is available for an extra AED 100). Posh fish and chips (AED 90) and buckets of shrimp (from AED 45) come recommended.
Senara Restaurant, Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah. 7pm onwards. Contact: 04 451 6460.
New Indian eatery Moombai & Co evokes 1970s India with complimentary snowcones and party games. If you’ve already eaten, the Glitter Ball Package adds sparkle to the night with four hours of beverages for AED 295.
Moombai & Co, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. 8pm-2am. 04 501 8607.
Party with Perry
A new ticket category has been announced for Katy Perry’s gig on 31st December at the du Arena, Yas Island. Arena admission tickets for what’s set to be an amazing live show by the ‘Fireworks’ singer are just AED 150.
du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Doors 6.30pm. www.ticketmaster.ae